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Westport Raising Awareness During Flood Safety Week

"Turn Around, Don't Drown" is the concise message of this PSA. Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the U.S. Flooding claims an average of nearly 90 lives each year -- and more than half occur in vehicles.
"Turn Around, Don't Drown" is the concise message of this PSA. Flooding is one of the leading causes of weather-related fatalities in the U.S. Flooding claims an average of nearly 90 lives each year -- and more than half occur in vehicles. Video Credit: U.S. National Weather Service YouTube

WESTPORT, Conn. -- March 13-19 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week, and the Westport Office of Emergency Management has teamed up with the National Weather Service to raise awareness to the hazards of flooding.

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason, a news release notes, is that people underestimate the force and power of water: more than half of all flood-related deaths result from vehicles being swept downstream.

Many of these deaths are preventable. Skeptical? Watch the short "Turn Around, Don't Drown" public service announcement video by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service, embedded above. As the video notes, as few as 12 inches of flowing water can carry off a small car -- so don't underestimate flooded roadways.

NOAA and the National Weather Service want the public to know that flooding can be a coast-to-coast threat across the United States and its territories during all months of the year.

Flood Safety Awareness Week is intended to highlight some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods, and what you can do to save lives and property. For more information about flood safety -- including what to put in an emergency kit -- click here.

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